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Whoopee! (1930)

Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks... See full summary »

Director:

Thornton Freeland

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (story), Owen Davis (based upon the play "The Nervous Wreck" by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Henry Williams
Ethel Shutta Ethel Shutta ... Mary Custer
Paul Gregory ... Wanenis
Eleanor Hunt ... Sally Morgan
Jack Rutherford ... Sheriff Bob Wells (as John Rutherford)
Walter Law ... Jud Morgan
Spencer Charters ... Jerome Underwood
Albert Hackett Albert Hackett ... Chester Underwood
Chief Caupolican Chief Caupolican ... Black Eagle
Lou-Scha-Enya Lou-Scha-Enya ... Matafay
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Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks he's just giving her a ride; but she left a note saying they've eloped! Chasing them are jilted Bob, Henry's nurse Mary (who's been trying to seduce him) and others. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He's Henry the hypochondriac-so healthy he's sick trying to think of what ails him. You'll roar, rock, rave over this rip-snorting comedy. (Print ad- Republican-Journal, (ogdensburg, N.Y.,) 18 November 1930) See more »


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Trivia

Jacques Cartier and Joyzelle Joyner were announced for a specialty dance during the "Song of the Setting Sun" number, but even if this was filmed, it does not appear in the final print. See more »

Quotes

Henry Williams: [to Mary] Why do you make overtures to me when I need intermissions so badly?
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Today's the Day
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics Gus Kahn
Sung by chorus
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two strips and both colorful
8 March 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This hilarious and racy staged musical is correctly commented upon here as probably as close to a genuine Ziegfeld Broadway show of the 20s as any of us will ever see. In glorious two strip Technicolor too! A fore runner to GIRL CRAZY, HATS OFF, some ELVIS bumpkin re treads like STAY AWAY JOE or TICKLE ME and WHEN THEY BOYS MEET THE GIRLS (in itself a 60s remake of Girl Crazy)...WHOOPEE is by turns hilarious, gorgeous and utterly fascinating for a study of early talkie musicals. It also shows how Woody Allen mannerisms of the 60s with his nervous romantic stchik is not all new given Cantor's romance-tics here. I can watch the musical numbers over and over and find the STETSON HAT number with its excellent clunky tap dancing sound quite compelling. The SUNRISE FINALE is just jaw dropping with the most astonishing costumes draped over almost nude skinny showgirls. 200 eagles must have died in the feather department to create some of those outfits. Overall, the dance numbers have indicated just how modern this film truly is, not just for its time but even today, it just looks new: clothes, hairstyles and those fresh lovely faces. The haircuts on the boys are very much apparent today. One young cowboy in the early scenes of the STETSON number looks exactly like 80s actor Treat Williams (Noah Beery Jnr?), and the white jeans with the red berry patterns were revived as modern 90s. It is the pinnacle of the state of the art for the time and thoroughly hilarious in its risqué racist free pre code way.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whoopee See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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